The atheism of today is a strange brew. Many of the more vocal proponents have a kind of eat their cake and have it too approach. They want to be nice atheists, champions of morality and meaning, while yet maintaining that we are nothing more than biological accidents in an otherwise unimaginably unlikely incident of space and time.
The view is paradoxical, to say the least. And it baffles me.
But it also frustrates me.
I can understand unbelief. It’s a stance of the heart and mind, a set of convictions undergirding a worldview. While I firmly disagree with the tenets of atheism, I don’t think proponents of the view should be illogical. They can draw consistent and clear conclusions from their core presuppositions. What frustrates me, however, is the tendency to hijack atheism with warm and fuzzies- warm and fuzzies that sound good, but fail to comport in a meaningful way with their viewpoint.
I must have something specific in mind here. And I do.
I was recently directed to an article by Greta Christina, a well known proponent of free-thought. The blog post is entitled, “9 Questions Not To Ask Atheists – With Answers.” Here Christina succinctly details common questions that “make atheists feel second class- and make you look like a jerk.”
Numbered among the 9 or so questions that irritate atheists is the issue of morality. The question succinctly stated goes like this:
“How can you be moral without believing in God?” Read more